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‘Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki’ Arrives on Blu-Ray April 30

Shout! Factory and GKIDS documentary about Studio Ghibli’s Academy Award-winning director of Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro getting DVD and digital release. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIF -- The documentary feature Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki will be released on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack on April 30, 2019 by GKIDS and Shout! Factory. The film, directed by Kaku Arakawa, offers a new look at the rarely-interviewed Academy Award-winning filmmaker as he faces the challenges of working with unfamiliar CGI technology to create a new short film. Never-Ending Man’s home video debut follows a limited theatrical release this past December.

This release contains two different versions: a 70-minute version in Japanese with English subtitles, and an alternate cut, a 48-minute broadcast version with English narration, which includes footage not included in the 70-minute version.

In 2013, Miyazaki, the director of such Studio Ghibli films as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro, suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he can’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, he embarks on a new project to utilize CGI for the first time ever. But the artist, who has been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronts many challenges that threaten to cancel the film. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film, Boro the Caterpillar, using CGI.

Source: GKIDS and Shout! Factory